Join PEDAL for a public lecture by world-renowned psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, evaluating the evidence for the importance of free play and guided play as a catalyst for learning in social and cognitive development.
Kathy explored why play, particularly guided play, might offer a successful midway position between the warring factions of playful and didactic approaches to early childhood education. Kathy argues that it is possible to have strong curricular goals that are presented to children within a playful pedagogy.
Prof Hirsh-Pasek’s work is trying to understand the link between play and learning by researching both free and guided play, and advocating for more time for play in order for children to thrive academically.
This lecture was originally recorded on 15th May 2018.